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16.12.2021

The Num­ber of Coro­n­avirus Cas­es is Increas­ing in Soite’s Area

Soite’s coro­n­avirus task group informs on the 16th of Decem­ber 2021

Soite’s coro­n­avirus task group gath­ered on Thurs­day 16th of Decem­ber 2021 to eval­u­ate the region­al sit­u­a­tion­al picture.

The Cur­rent Sit­u­a­tion of Infection

The coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic has begun to wors­en in Soite’s area and the num­ber of cas­es has begun to increase. The region­al inci­dence is cur­rent­ly 101/100 000 cit­i­zens in 14 days, and 78 coro­n­avirus cas­es have been con­firmed dur­ing the last 14 days. The share of pos­i­tive coro­n­avirus test results has risen to 6.2% dur­ing this week. Coro­n­avirus infec­tions are still main­ly con­cen­trat­ed to those who have not been vac­ci­nat­ed or who have not received a com­plete series of vac­ci­na­tions. Six COVID-19 patients are cur­rent­ly being treat­ed at Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia cen­tral hos­pi­tal. Two of them are in inten­sive care.

Espe­cial­ly those who are still unvac­ci­nat­ed should seek out coro­n­avirus test­ing with­out delay even if they only have very mild symp­toms indica­tive of the coro­n­avirus. The coro­n­avirus test result should be await­ed at home and in quar­an­tine so as not to poten­tial­ly expose oth­ers to the coro­n­avirus, for exam­ple in the workplace.

The list of pos­si­ble expo­sures has been updat­ed! Expo­sure to the coro­n­avirus may have occurred at the fol­low­ing places:

  • 13th of December 9.30 pm - 11 pm the gym SC ROK, Kokkola
  • 13th of December 5.45 pm - 6.40 pm Touhutalo, Kokkola

The list on pos­si­ble expo­sures in Soite’s area https://korona.soite.fi/en/possible-exposures-to-covid-19/

Soite’s area is still clas­si­fied as an area with com­mu­ni­ty trans­mis­sion. All the region­al reg­u­la­tions and rec­om­men­da­tions regard­ing the coro­n­avirus epi­dem­ic are list­ed on Soite’s coro­n­avirus web­site: https://korona.soite.fi/en/recommendations/  

Let us Cel­e­brate Christ­mas as Safe­ly as Pos­si­ble with Regards to the Coronavirus

The coro­n­avirus task group hopes Christ­mas is cel­e­brat­ed as safe­ly as pos­si­ble with regards to the coronavirus.

  • The recommendation is that Christmas is celebrated in as small groups as possible and preferably at home with the closest persons.
  • One should meet with friends and relatives only if one is healthy and preferably vaccinated.
  • If you visit a close person who lives in a nursing home or a unit for supported housing and belongs to an at-risk group, it is important to follow the instructions from the unit carefully.
  • It is of utmost importance to remember the same principles during the holidays as otherwise during the coronavirus epidemic. It is important to practice good hand and coughing hygiene and to use face masks in accordance with recommendations.

We rec­om­mend using coro­n­avirus home tests before meet­ing with friends and rel­a­tives. Anti­gen home tests are a good addi­tion to coro­n­avirus test­ing if they are per­formed cor­rect­ly. A pos­i­tive test result in a home test must always be con­firmed through a coro­n­avirus test in the health care ser­vices. More infor­ma­tion on coro­n­avirus home tests can be found on the Insti­tute for Health and Wel­fare THL’s web­site.

Pre­vent­ing Infections

We con­tin­ue to empha­size the impor­tance of a com­plete vac­ci­na­tion series. The coro­n­avirus is not going away and it is very dif­fi­cult to avoid the ill­ness in the future. It is sig­nif­i­cant­ly safer to encounter the coro­n­avirus if you are vac­ci­nat­ed. We strong­ly encour­age those res­i­dents in the region who are not yet vac­ci­nat­ed to take the coro­n­avirus vac­cine as soon as pos­si­ble! We also empha­size the impor­tance of a com­plete vac­ci­na­tion series.

A third dose is offered every­one over the age of 18 if 5–6 months has passed since the sec­ond dose. The third vac­cine dose is espe­cial­ly impor­tant for per­sons aged 60 and old­er and for per­sons who belong to a med­ical risk group, and we encour­age those who belong to these groups to get a third vac­cine dose as soon as pos­si­ble 5 to 6 months after the sec­ond dose.

In order to pre­vent infec­tions it is still impor­tant to:

  • Seek out coronavirus testing immediately and even if you have only mild symptoms of a respiratory infection, especially if you are not vaccinated. Appointment booking: https://korona.soite.fi/en/coronavirus-clinic/
  • Maintain good hand hygiene: Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.
  • Avoid social gatherings.
  • Use protective face masks. Link: regional face mask recommendation
  • The most important and effective way to prevent coronavirus infections, and especially serious forms of the disease, is to take a coronavirus vaccine.

Vac­ci­na­tions

Before the year is over, Soite begins vac­ci­nat­ing 5–11-year-old chil­dren who belong to a risk group. We will give more infor­ma­tion about this in the near future. More infor­ma­tion about risk groups can be found in the mes­sage by the Finnish Insti­tute for Health and Wel­fare THL.

The coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tions of the cit­i­zens are pro­gress­ing well in Soite’s area. The vac­ci­na­tions of the cit­i­zens are cur­rent­ly pro­gress­ing with regards to all per­sons over the age of 12 who live in Soite’s area. Cit­i­zens are now par­tic­u­lar­ly active in tak­ing third vac­cine doses.

Coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tions are main­ly done dur­ing appoint­ment-free walk-in vac­ci­na­tion days instead of dur­ing appoint­ments. On vac­ci­na­tion days with­out appoint­ment book­ing, you can come to get your coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tion when it suits you best. Addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion and the timetable for the walk-in days can be found on Soite’s coro­n­avirus web­site: https://korona.soite.fi/en/the-coronavirus-vaccines/

An appoint­ment for a coro­n­avirus vac­ci­na­tion may still be booked online on https://soite.terveytesi.fi/ or by phone on the num­ber 06 828 7488. Phone hours Mon­day to Thurs­day from 9 am to 3 pm and Fri­day 9 am to 2 pm. You can also book an appoint­ment via your health cen­tral (page in Finnish).

Coro­n­avirus vac­cine recip­i­ents can receive the influen­za vac­cine dur­ing the same vis­it if they wish. More infor­ma­tion on influen­za vac­ci­na­tions can be found on Soite’s web­site (in Finnish and Swedish).

You can fol­low how the vac­ci­na­tions progress in the area with the help of Soite’s coro­na vac­ci­na­tion indi­ca­tor, which is updat­ed on Mondays.

Why should I take the coro­n­avirus vaccine?

  1. Coronavirus vaccines give effective protection against serious forms of COVID-19.
  2. The vaccines also protect against the long-term effects of COVID-19, the so-called long COVID, which may cause prolonged tiredness, shortness of breath, cough and joint and chest pain.
  3. By taking the vaccine, you can protect not only yourself but also others. The coronavirus vaccination significantly reduces the secretion of the virus and its spreading from one person to another.
  4. The risks associated with the vaccine are significantly smaller than those associated with coronavirus infection. Link: Information about the coronavirus vaccination
  5. With vaccinations, we can return to a more normal life and the need for restrictions is reduced. Everyone who decides to take the vaccine makes a difference.
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